Word Confusion: Crochet versus Crotchet

Posted June 4, 2015 by Kathy Davie in Author Resources, Self-Editing, Word Confusions, Writing

Revised as of 22 August 2017

I don’t know about you, but I am so not worried about the “crochets of others”. Heck, I can’t even crochet except to cast on that first row, which explains why I do appreciate a lovely crocheted afghan.

Now, the crotchets of my neighbors…hmmm…those might be more difficult to cast out of my life seeing as they have just as much right to live there as I do here and everyone is entitled to their opinions. Just don’t foist it off on me. Well, unless they want to blog about it…

Word Confusions…

…started as my way of dealing with a professional frustration with properly spelled words that were out of context in manuscripts I was editing as well as books I was reviewing. It evolved into a sharing of information with y’all. I’m hoping you’ll share with us words that have been a bête noir for you from either end. Consider sharing this Word Confusion with friends by tweeting it.

Crochet Crotchet
Credit to: Apple Dictionary.com

Close-up of a crochet hook

“Close-up of a Crochet Hook” was scanned by Luigi Chiesa under the GFDL, CC-BY-SA-3.0, or CC BY-SA 2.0 it license, via Wikimedia Commons

Drawing of the face of an angry man by C. Le Brun sometime in the 18th century

“The Face of an Angry Man” by is under the CC BY 4.0 license, via Wikimedia Commons

The stereotype for “crotchet” is of a crotchety old man.

Part of Grammar:
Verb, intransitive & transitive

Third person present verb: crochets
Past tense or past participle: crocheted
Gerund or Present participle: crocheting

Plural for noun: crotchets
A handicraft in which yarn is made up into a patterned fabric by looping yarn with a hooked needle

  • Crocheted fabric or items

Verb, intransitive:
Make a garment or piece of fabric using crochet

Verb, transitive:
Make a garment or piece of fabric using crochet

[Music; chiefly British] A quarter note

A perverse or unfounded belief or notion

[As modifier] A crochet hook

Crocheted vests were very popular when I was in high school.

The bikini is tiny, three triangles of cotton crochet.

Verb, intransitive:
Her mother had stopped crocheting.

Verb, transitive:
My granny crocheted the loveliest afghan for me.

She had crocheted the shawl herself.

the natural crotchets of inveterate bachelors

Ach, she’s a crotchety old woman.

Noun: crocheter
History of the Word:
Mid-19th century in the sense of hook and from the Old French crochet, a diminutive of croc meaning hook from the Old Norse krókr. Middle English in the sense of hook and from the Old French crochet, a diminutive of croc meaning hook from the Old Norse krókr.

C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves?

Pinterest Photo Credits

Omodos Woman Crocheting, 2010, is Wknight94 talk’s own work under the GFDL or CC BY-SA 3.0 license, via Wikimedia Commons.